Study reveals most pickup trucks receive poor headlight rating.

Study reveals most pickup trucks receive poor headlight rating.

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    Study reveals most pickup trucks receive poor headlight rating.

    Quote Originally Posted by LandLine Magazine
    Study reveals most pickup trucks receive poor headlight rating

    By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer
    The old adage of you can have too much of a good thing is proving true once again. Recently released headlight ratings for passenger vehicles are critical of many car and pickup truck headlights. Top of the list of negative aspects – excessive glare.

    Most recently, pickup trucks have been added to the list of vehicles with poor headlights, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Midsize cars and SUVs received poor headlight ratings earlier this year.

    IIHS evaluated headlights on 11 pickup trucks, seven large trucks and four small trucks. All four of the small pickups earned a poor headlight rating. Large pickups fared better with only three of the seven receiving a poor headlight rating. The Honda Ridgeline was the only pickup to receive a good headlight rating.

    There were 23 possible headlight combinations within the 11 trucks evaluated by IIHS. Of those possible combinations, 14 had an excessive glare, contributing to their poor rating.

    Tested pickups earned the following rating:

    Good:

    2017 Honda Ridgeline

    Acceptable:

    2016-2017 GMC Sierra

    Marginal:

    2017 Nissan Titan
    2016 Ram 1500

    Poor:

    2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverado
    2016-2017 Ford F-150
    2016-2017 Toyota Tundra
    2016 Chevrolet Colorado
    2016 GMC Canyon
    2016 Nissan Frontier
    2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma

    It is worth noting that some pickups that earned a rating better than “poor” only received that rating for certain trim levels. For example, the GMC Sierra received an overall rating of “acceptable,” but those headlights are only available on certain trim levels. Other versions earned a marginal or poor rating. The same applied to the Ram 1500’s marginal rating.

    Included in the “poor” section is the Ford F-150, the highest-selling vehicle in the United States, including midsize passenger vehicles, according to Car Fax. IIHS reports that the Ford F-150 was one of the poorest performers in the headlight evaluation. The standard halogen and optional LED low beams both provide inadequate visibility. High beams yielded similar results for both light designs. The LEDs provided an unacceptable glare.

    Ford F-150s have been the best-selling pickup for 39 straight years and the best-selling vehicle for 34 straight years. For the first half of 2016, The Chevrolet Silverado was the second best-selling vehicle, according to Car Fax.

    Headlights are measured after dark on a track using a device that measures the light from low beams and high beams on a vehicle driving straight and in various curve situations. IIHS also measures the glare from low beams for oncoming vehicles. Excessive glare earns a vehicle a rating no better than marginal. Headlights are kept at the same adjustment received from the dealer as most people do not alter the configuration.

    IIHS’s headlight rating was installed as a response to government standards that allow for a wide variation in the amount of illumination provided by headlights, according to an IIHS press release. New to IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+, its highest safety award, vehicles must receive a good or acceptable headlight rating in order to qualify for the 2017 award.

    In July, IIHS conducted a similar test on SUVs. The evaluation revealed that out of the 21 SUVs evaluated, not a single one earned a good rating and only four received an acceptable rating. More than two-thirds of the 47 possible headlight combinations received a poor rating.

    Here’s a breakdown of the SUV tests (all 2016 models unless specified):

    Acceptable:

    2017 Ford Escape
    Honda CR-V
    Hyundai Tucson
    Mazda CX-3

    Marginal:

    BMW X1
    Mazda CX-5
    Mitsubishi Outlander
    Toyota RAV4
    Volkswagen Tiguan

    Poor:

    Audi Q3
    Buick Encore
    Chevrolet Trax
    Fiat 500X
    Honda HR-V
    Jeep Patriot
    Jeep Renegade
    Jeep Wrangler
    2017 Kia Sportage
    Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
    Nissan Rogue
    Subaru Forester

    In March, IIHS discovered that of the 31 midsize cars tested, the Toyota Prius was the only car to receive a good rating for its headlights. Accounting for various headlight combinations, 11 cars earned an acceptable rating for best available headlights, nine received a marginal rating and 10 cars are only equipped with headlights with a poor rating. Click here for the full list of midsize car headlight ratings.

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    I mean, I am pretty sure we all agree and knew this. Nobody likes the stock lights - they are piss poor.
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    It's not the light bulbs used, but the horrible design of the reflectors. My old 78 Rabbit with Hella replacement housings would light up about 1/2 mile on high and 1/4 mile without blinding anyone. They were round, ROUND seems to be the best shape.
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    I had a couple of those with the same lights and I agree completely. gas and diesel.

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way. I have the projector headlights & they sucked from day one. Dealers said they were correctly adjusted, but they blind oncoming drivers & don't shine out to the sides to see animals or people on the side of the road. They are better with HID bulbs, but the problem is in the design, not the bulbs.

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    They should go to Hella, Lucas Carello or Bosch and learn how to make efficient assemblies that put the light where it's supposed to go.
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    I've been Ubering this week and have had a few people flash at me. But what I see in front of me looks normal and hasn't changed. I don't have anything in the bed and am not pulling a trailer, so I'm pretty sure the height hasn't changed.

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    IMO the higher trim levels do have better lamps . The Laramie trim has different lamps which seemed to illuminate better than the other choice ,but I never compared them side by side at night . These better lamps were one of the reasons I went up,to the Laramie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davemd View Post
    IMO the higher trim levels do have better lamps . The Laramie trim has different lamps which seemed to illuminate better than the other choice ,but I never compared them side by side at night . These better lamps were one of the reasons I went up,to the Laramie.
    Here's the link to the data for the RAM trucks. Click on "Headlights" on the left side to bring up that data. You will see that the halogen reflectors in the lower trim lines outperformed the projectors in the higher trim lines.

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    In the short time I have had my truck
    - passenger projector is aimed too far left
    - fogs poorly adjusted, one was pointing almost straight down, light cut off was 20ft in front of the truck
    - driver projector is aimed higher than the passenger
    I haven’t dived under the hood to see how hard it is to fix the aiming, but believe part of the problem with poor lighting is the halogens used. Projectors with xenon hid from the factory in other vehicles have better lighting at a distance.

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